|Submitted||May 12, 2015|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
- The total number of people detained and/or arrested by the Watertown police department as a result of the pursuit of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 18-19, 2013 (for context: http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2014/03/28/how-marathon-bombing-manhunt-really-happened/Fyv99o2D4WqT9my9BAYZDJ/story.html).
- A copy of all records pertaining to individuals detained and/or arrested by the Watertown police department in connection with (or as a result of) the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and/or the April 18-19, 2013 pursuit of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev which are not exempt due to an ongoing investigation.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.
A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.
To Whom It May Concern:
Please find enclosed a check for $11.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.
A copy of documents responsive to the request.
Thank you for these documents. I notice that the statement "portions of this report have been redacted" is included at the end of each arrest report. However, I do not see any redactions in the reports. Are there entire sections deleted from these reports?
I am responding to the email/fax which I received on August 24, 2015, regarding the statement that "portions of this report have been redacted". The redaction statement at the end of the reports is a standard statement which appears on any/all reports when any portion of a report has been redacted. In this instance, clearly you can see that the redacted information is signified by the asterisks (redactions) that are located on the police reports. There are no additional reports or supplementary documents that the redaction applies to.
If you have any questions, please feel free contact me.
Provisional Principal Clerk - Records Dept
Watertown Police Department
552 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472
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